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17 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pinworms

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17 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Pinworms November 24, 2017

Pinworms are parasites that are a common source of infection in humans. These are usually about half an inch in size and can be easily seen with naked eyes. Children are at a higher risk of contracting this infection, with more than 30% of them being infected by pinworms worldwide. However, adults can also be infected by these contagious worms if they don’t take the necessary precautions. Is your little one harboring pinworms? Are you looking for a fast and effortless cure for this infection? Read on to know more about the causes and symptoms of pinworms and some of the best home remedies that can be used to treat the infection.

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What Are Pinworms?

Pinworms are tiny and white worms that live in the colon and rectum of the infected individuals. They are also called enterobius vermicularis, and the infection is usually known as enterobiasis or helminthiasis. The infections caused by pinworms are highly contagious and are a result of ingestion of the tiny eggs laid by them. While children are more vulnerable to them, they can also cause infection in adults (1).

Read further to understand the causes of this parasitic infection.

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What Causes Pinworms?

Pinworm infections are solely caused due to the accidental inhalation or ingestion of the eggs by a human or animal. These eggs are usually transferred via contaminated foods, drinks, or other infected utensils. The eggs are extremely small and cannot be seen with naked eyes. Once they enter your body, they hatch and turn into adult worms within weeks. The adult worms continue to move in the body and lay more eggs around the anus region of the infected person, and these become infective within a few hours. This cycle will continue until the infection is cured and the entire household of the infected individual is disinfected.

We will now look at some of the common signs and symptoms observed in an individual infected by pinworms.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Pinworms

  • Frequent itching and irritation in the anal area
  • Disturbed sleep due to an irritated anal region
  • Presence of pinworms in stools
  • Nausea and occasional abdominal pain

These are some of the common symptoms associated with a pinworm infection. Pinworms can be very irritating and troublesome in the long run. Hence, it is best to treat the condition as soon as you observe its onset. The natural and cost-effective remedies mentioned below can help you combat pinworms easily and efficiently.

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How To Get Rid Of Pinworms Naturally

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Coconut Oil
  3. Garlic
  4. Hot Water
  5. Essential Oils
  6. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  7. Lemon Juice
  8. Pineapple Juice
  9. Carrot Juice
  10. Alcohol
  11. Pumpkin Seeds
  12. Vaseline
  13. Bitter Gourd Juice
  14. Yogurt
  15. Wormwood Tea
  16. Yogurt
  17. Onions

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Home Remedies To Treat Pinworms

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Add honey for flavor and consume this solution.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least twice daily.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar contains about 6% acetic acid, which can lower the pH of your body while restoring the hydrochloric acid balance. This creates an uninhabitable environment for the pinworms, making their survival inside your body difficult (2).

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2. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. You must consume a teaspoon of coconut oil every morning.
  2. Also, apply a small amount of coconut oil to the infected area every night.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this on a daily basis.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is a natural antioxidant that possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties can be helpful in eradicating pinworm infection and its symptoms (3), (4).

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3. Garlic

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You Will Need
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves
  • Petroleum jelly
What You Have To Do
  1. You can chew on a few garlic cloves daily or add them as seasoning to the foods that you consume.
  2. You can also mince garlic cloves, mix them with petroleum jelly and
  3. apply this paste on the affected area, preferably every night.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Garlic is another antioxidant that exhibits antibacterial and antifungal properties. This claim was also proved by a study that compared garlic to two other oxyuricides (5), (6).

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4. Hot Water

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You Will Need
  • Hot water
  • Soap and detergent
What You Have To Do
  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after contact with any utensils that have a possibility of being infected.
  2. Also, soak all the clothes and fabrics that might be infected in hot water for at least 30 minutes before washing them.
  3. You can also disinfect the washrooms by cleaning them daily with hot water and soap.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this on a daily basis until you steer clear of pinworms.

Why This Works

Since pinworms are highly contagious, it is of utmost importance to disinfect your entire household with hot water to get rid of pinworms completely. This will also help prevent its recurrence (7).

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5. Essential Oils

a. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1 to 2 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply this blend
  2. to the affected area every night.
  3. You can also use tea tree oil directly, but it may cause irritation in those with sensitive skin.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this daily.

Why This Works

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil are capable of combating all parasitic infections (8), (9).

b. Clove Essential Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1 to 2 drops of clove essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply clove essential oil directly on the infected area.
  2. Alternatively, if you have sensitive skin, you can dilute it with coconut oil to avoid irritation.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once every night.

Why This Works

Clove oil is derived from aromatic flower buds called cloves. Cloves contain a compound called eugenol that exhibits powerful germicidal properties. These, coupled with the antiseptic and antimicrobial properties of clove oil, help treat pinworm infection (10), (11).

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6. Grapefruit Seed Extract

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You Will Need

200 mg grapefruit seed extract supplement

What You Have To Do

Consume grapefruit seed extract supplement daily.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day for a week.

Why This Works

Grapefruit seeds contain polyphenols that exhibit strong antimicrobial activity against pinworms (12), (13).

Caution

Consult your physician before going ahead with these supplements.

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7. Lemon Juice

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 glass of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Squeeze half a lemon into one glass of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor and consume this drink daily.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this juice at least once daily.

Why This Works

The acidic nature of lemons lowers the pH of your body and this, in turn, makes the survival of pinworms difficult (14).

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8. Pineapple Juice

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You Will Need
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel and cut the pineapple.
  2. Blend the cut pineapple pieces with a glass of water.
  3. Drink this juice.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this juice at least once daily.

Why This Works

Pineapples are a rich source of an enzyme called bromelain, which exhibits antimicrobial activities and helps get rid of pinworms (15).

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9. Carrots

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You Will Need

1 medium-sized carrot

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a carrot and wash it thoroughly.
  2. Peel it, shred it, and have the pieces with your meal or as a snack.
How Often You Should Do This

You must eat about a cup of shredded carrots 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

The high fiber content of carrots is believed to improve your bowel movements and digestion. This can push the pinworms out of your body via your intestine (16).

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10. Rubbing Alcohol

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You Will Need
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls or wipes
What You Have To Do

Take some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and wipe the infected anal region with it.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this every time you use the toilet.

Why This Works

The disinfecting and antimicrobial nature of the isopropanol in rubbing alcohol can help kill the pinworms and also prevent recurrence of the infection (17).

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11. Pumpkin Seeds

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You Will Need
  • 1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend the raw pumpkin seeds with enough water to make a creamy paste.
  2. Consume this on an empty stomach.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every morning.

Why This Works

Pumpkins contain compounds called cucurbitacins that are known for their anthelmintic activity. This activity can paralyze pinworms, making it easier to expel them from your body (18), (19), (20).

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12. Vaseline

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You Will Need

Vaseline

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a generous amount of Vaseline on the infected area.
  2. Leave it on overnight.
How Often You Should Do This

You must follow this remedy once daily.

Why This Works

The healing properties of Vaseline help relieve itching and irritation.

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13. Bitter Gourd

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You Will Need
  • 2 medium-sized bitter gourds
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Blend the bitter gourds with water.
  2. You can add honey or any fruit juice to this blend to combat the bitter flavor.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink this juice intermittently throughout the day.

Why This Works

The presence of a bitter-tasting compound called cucurbitacin in bitter gourd is what helps in the elimination of pinworms from your system (21).

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14. Yogurt

You Will Need

1 cup of plain yogurt

What You Have To Do

Consume about a cup of plain yogurt.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this at least once daily.

Why This Works

Yogurt is rich in probiotics that can restore the natural balance of bacteria in your digestive system. These bacteria are capable of destroying and eliminating harmful bacteria and germs from your body (22).

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15. Wormwood Tea

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You Will Need
  • 3 to 4 drops of wormwood extract
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of wormwood extract to a cup of hot water.
  2. Consume this tea.
  3. You can also add honey for flavor.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this thrice a day for a week.

Why This Works

The antiparasitic nature of wormwood extract helps kill parasites such as pinworms and combat the infection (23).

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16. Castor Oil

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You Will Need

1 teaspoon of castor oil

What You Have To Do

Consume a teaspoon of castor oil.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once daily.

Why This Works

Castor oil, scientifically referred to as Ricinus communis, is quite popular for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial uses that are known to destroy and eliminate harmful worms and parasites from your body. Pinworms usually hold on to the walls of your intestines and are hence not excreted from your body. Castor oil can dislodge them from your intestines due to its laxative effects and this, in turn, pushes the pinworms out of your body via excretion (24), (25).

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17. Onions

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You Will Need
  • 1 to 2 medium-sized onions
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel the onions.
  2. Wash them thoroughly and cut them into thin slices.
  3. Put them in a bowl and add a pint of water.
  4. Let the onion slices soak in the water overnight (for at least 12 hours).
  5. Strain the water using a cheesecloth.
  6. Drink this up.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this thrice a day for 2 days.

Why This Works

Onions are rich in sulfur. These sulfur globules can help to eliminate pinworms from your system in a day or two (26).

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These home remedies will help accelerate your recovery from pinworm infection. Additionally, you need to follow some tips to avoid recurrence of the infection. They are as follows:

Tips To Prevent Pinworms

  • Include foods that are rich in fiber in your diet. Raw vegetables, such as carrots and cabbages, whole fruits, and grains can increase the efficiency of treatments against pinworms.
  • Also, consuming probiotic foods like yogurt and buttermilk can help in the elimination of pinworms from your system.
  • Everyone in an infected household must adopt hygienic practices like washing their hands before every meal, showering daily, washing clothes with hot water, and cleaning the washrooms on a daily basis to prevent spreading of the infection (27).
  • The infected person’s household must be disinfected completely in every way possible. From vacuuming the carpeted areas to scrubbing the floors and changing all the sheets and towels, the entire household must be cleaned following a recovery from pinworms to avoid reinfestation.

Making these lifestyle changes will prove to beneficial in the long run and prevent the recurrence of pinworms.

If left untreated for a long period, pinworms are known to lead to some complications that may range in their severity. Some of these complications are as follows.

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Long-Term Side Effects Of Pinworms

  • Urinary tract infection: Pinworms are capable of entering the urethra and infecting your bladder (28).
  • Weight loss: As we are aware, pinworms are parasites that feed on the host’s nutrition. This may lead to weight loss in the affected individuals.
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases: Pinworms may cause pelvic inflammatory diseases in females by infecting the linings of the fallopian tubes or ovaries (29).
  • Recurring infestations: One of the major drawbacks of a pinworm infection is its ability to resurface if proper hygiene is not maintained by the infected individuals and their family members.

Now that you know the complications caused by pinworms when left untreated, it is better to be aware of and treat the infection at the earliest.

The remedies mentioned in this article can give you fast and effective results only when followed regularly. So go ahead and try out these remedies and let us know whether you won the battle against these contagious parasites.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How to tell if you have worms in your stool?

The presence of small, white, thread-like structures confirms the presence of worms in your stool.

What does it feel like to have worms under your skin?

If you feel an itchy and crawling sensation under your skin, there is a possibility that you are infested with worms. However, in some cases, the reason for these sensations could be a minor insect bite, diabetes, or even skin or nerve damage.

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